Formats / Rules

The current format for the Hampshire Racketball Leagues is the Mixed Format.

Mixed Format (Singles and Doubles) League (3 player) (final match score always totals 24 points) 

A team consists of 3 players, each playing 1 singles & 2 doubles strings. 
Each strings plays 3 games. Not best of three, but all 3 games even if the first two games re won by the same player, the third game point still counts.
A match requires 2 courts for at least 1hr 20min each (4 or 5 sessions) 
Players mark their own games, but should announce the score so that it can be heard by any spectators. 
The playing format should be: 3vC, 1&2vA&B, 2vB, 1&3vA&C, 1vA, 2&3vB&C 
If a team is a player short then the 3 player team nominates one of its players to play each opponent singles only, the other players play one opponent singles and the doubles. 1vA, 3vB, 2vA, 1vB, 2&3vA&B. This is only 5 strings, so the 3 player team gets the extra 4 points for the missing string. 

Scoring and Marking  - 'The Hampshire Way'

Racketball matches can be played without games being scored. In the mixed 3 person teams there is usually no marker as all players are on court. In virtually all cases this has proved to cause no issues.

However where a game is marked in Hampshire Racketball, there is a new official known as a Scorer.
The Scorer has duties similar to those of a Marker in squash, but does not initially make decisions about Lets and Strokes.
The Scorer only keeps the score, records players decisions and should not interrupt play unless a dangerous situation arises.
Scorers may be used if available, and scoring should be shared by both teams.
How it works in practice is that players ask for what they want, negotiate and make the decision. 
If interference occurs during a rally, then the offended player should ask their opponent for a LET or STROKE as they see fit.
The players make the decision and inform the Scorer who notes it before announcing the score.
In the event that the players cannot agree a decision, then the Scorer has the casting vote and supports one of the players.
The rules of Racketball as far as Lets and Strokes are the same as Squash.  However remember this is Racketball and in practice because of the different nature of the game and more opportunity to get to the ball, a different interpretation is usually made.  This is true certainly at club level.  At County and National level players may find that this adjusted interpretation does not exist with other players and markers.

Therefore for Hampshire league games our approach is - obvious STROKES are STROKES, but marginal STROKES are usually LETS
What is an obvious Stroke? Examples are;
  1. When the ball comes back so close to the player that to play the ball would cause obvious danger
  2. Where the ball comes back through the legs of the player or hits the player who has played the ball!  
  3. Where the position of the player who has just hit the ball is so obstructive and out of position that almost any return by the opponent would provide a certain winner. 
In these circumstances the offending player should concede a point. Common sense should prevail in all games as above all else we want to avoid the sort of problems between players on court that is so often seen in squash matches.

League Rules

  1. Captains should confirm the match the week before the fixture date.
  2. Clubs with 2 teams may share the same home night on different weeks.
  3. All games are to 11 points, Point A Rally Scoring, ‘setting to 2 clear points’.
  4. Each strings plays 3 games. Not best of three, but all 3 games even if the first two games are won by the same player, the third game point still counts.
  5. Each string is played according to the league format being played.
  6. Scoring is: 1 point for each game won plus 1 point for winning that string.
  7. If court time runs out then:
  8. if a particular team/player has clearly caused a delay then that team will forfeit the remaining games.
  9. if no team/player is to blame then the remaining games go to away team.
  10. Match results should be notified to using the online match card preferably at the conclusion of the match before leaving the venue once both captains have agreed the final score or in any case within 3 days of the match. Both Captains are responsible for notifying the match score and checking to ensure results have been updated on the HRB website.  A team may be deducted 5 points where no match card has been completed.
  11. Where matches are not being played for any reason or matches are being re scheduled then the Home Captain should notify Hampshire Racketball.
  12. The new online match card from 2016 is found HERE. Please save this link to your smartphone or PC to notify results in the correct format.
  13. Hampshire Racketball may charge an entry fee for teams entering the league. This will be notified in advance of the league commencing.

Approved Balls for Matches

(Hampshire RB rules for 2012/13)
England Squash & Racketball only approve 3 makes of balls.  Price, Dunlop and Technifibre - Blue or Black balls. These balls are acceptable for Hampshire League games subject to below. 
Wilson, Karakal and Pointfore are not approved balls and should not be used in Hampshire league games
The standard default ball for all Hampshire league games and competitions including the Singles league is an ES&R approved blue ball. The blue ball provides the best all round game across all standards of play. However black balls may be used (see below)*

All three approved blue balls meet the specification set by ES&R and play in a similar manner. They all have an almost identical bounce on a drop test. In play they are all similar although some players may feel the Price has a slightly different characteristic.  The home club will choose which brand of approved ball to use. 

*The Black ball (Price red spot or Dunlop double yellow) is a slow professional use ball which is used in inter county matches and national open events. This black ball can be used for any Hampshire league match if both players agree for a string or both captains agree for the whole match, otherwise the Blue will be used. This could be if the court is very warm for example. The old Price Black (no spot) is very slow and should not be used in any matches.

All balls being used for Hampshire league racketball matches should be in new or nearly new condition.
Balls that have been used on 4 or more occasions should not be used in matches. If in doubt drop test the ball to the floor with a new ball and any significant difference indicates excessive wear. Balls in the correct condition will clearly have a matt finish and should clearly still show the yellow dot.

Rationale - These rules will allow the best all round ball to be used in most conditions and provide consistency across the leagues. On cold courts, lower string players will not be disadvantaged by having to play with a very slow ball. Better players should be able to adjust to playing with a blue ball, more so than lesser standard players having to adjust to a slow black ball. This can help to even out games where players of different standards are playing each other. It is appreciated that some players prefer the slow ball and these rules allow for the Black ball to be used where both players agree. We would like to encourage more participation in league racketball, and the HR Committee believe that overall this is the best approach to take. 

The Hampshire Racketball 'Mens Singles event' will use the black ball from 2017. Other categories will use the blue ball.

Post Match Refreshments.

Home teams will normally supply post match refreshments, however this is not a mandatory requirement. If supplied a light bar snack may be quite sufficient. If for any reason a team is not providing refreshments, this should be communicated to the away team prior to the game. Likewise if any player(s) from an away team does not require food, the home captain should be made aware in good time before the match to save any unnecessary expense. Where any single fixture is being played the home team can agree with the away team on the provision of refreshments and the sharing of the any cost. 

The Rules of Racketball
Click this link HERE to see the rules for Singles and Doubles


1. Hampshire Racketball (HR) exists to manage and promote the sport of Rackeball within the County.
2. HR is constituted with a committee formed to carry out designated tasks. This committee will be;
· Chairman – Overall supervision of HR and sit on HSRA Committee
· Treasurer – Ownership of finance and club accounts
· Fixtures Secretary – Manage the processes and systems around fixtures and the website
· Co-opted members who will assist with other tasks such as competitions
3. HR will link to related organisations such as Hampshire Squash and England Squash and Racketball and where appropriate will abide and promote the rules of those organisations.
4. HR Committee will meet at least 4 times a year.
5. AGM – HR will hold an AGM following the end of the winter season in April.
6. Minutes from meetings will be posted on the club website along with summary balance sheets.
7. The rules by which players and teams must abide are found on the HR website
8. The decision of the HR committee will be final on any matter. Players and teams may appeal on any decision made for reconsideration, but there is no process for referral.
9. HR Players will be governed by the rules of the sport as detailed on the club website and ES&R.
10 .Players and teams may propose changes to the rules governing HR and if necessary can be voted on an Extraordinary Meeting called by the HR Committee.
11. HR will regularly communicate with players and teams using e-mail and social network facilities.
12. Any matter of player or team discipline reported will be discussed by the HR Committee and a decision made after making contact with or meeting with the parties concerned.
13. HR will oversee and where appropriate financially support Hampshire RB events including participation in the inter- county championships, county tournaments and other events to promote the sport.
14. Any other matter not stated in this document will be considered by the HR Committee as and when issues arise.

Previous League Formats not currently being used;

Singles League (final match score is 21 or 24 points*)

(Winter Format) - Singles League (*final match score always totals 21 points) 
A team consists of 3 players, each playing against a single opponent. 
A match requires 1 court for at least 2 hours (3 or 4 sessions), but may use 2 courts if they are available. 
The strings can be played in any order, as specified by player availability. 
Each string is 4 games (+ 5th only if necessary), Scoring is: 4-0 (6-0), 3-1 (5-1), 3-2 (4-2), PLUS 3 points to the team winning the most strings. 

(Summer Format if used) - A team consists of 3 players, each playing against two opponents. (*Final match score is 24 points)
A match requires 2 courts for at least 1hr 20min each (4 or 5 sessions) 
The playing format should be: 3vC, 2vA, 1vB, 2vC, 3vB, 1vA 
If a team is a player short then the 2 players play ALL 3 opponents in the order chosen by the 3 player team. 

Social League (4 player) (final match score always totals 24 points) 

A team consists of 4 players, each playing 1 singles & 1 doubles string. 
A match requires 2 courts for 1hr 20min each (4 sessions). 
Players mark their own games, but should announce the score so that it can be heard by the spectators. 
Each string is 3 games (not best of 3 games). 
If its cold, it is recommended that the doubles strings are played in the middle so that players don't get cold. 
The doubles pairings are NOT specified; if players & courts are available, they should pair up and play. 
Scoring is: 1 point for each game won plus 1 point for winning that string. 

Premier Cup Event

This event has been held in 2013 and may return at some point in the future.